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Des âmes noires (William Monk #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,177 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Hester Latterly est engagée par une riche famille écossaise pour accompagner une vieille dame à Londres. Son unique consigne ? Lui faire avaler son remède pour le coeur, qu'elle a fragile. Dans le train, Hester se lie d'amitié avec sa patiente, lui administre le médicament, puis s'endort. À son réveil, la vieille dame a rendu l'âme. L'autopsie révèle qu'il s'agit d'un empo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Grands détectives, 480 pages
Published May 3rd 2001 by 10/18 (first published 1994)
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May 10, 2014 Mai rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14+, interested in Victorians and murder mysteries
Recommended to Mai by: My mom
Shelves: monk-books
I can't help but feel slightly geeky, giving a 4 star rating to a murder mystery. But Anne Perry is one of the best mystery writer I've ever come across. Her understanding of the Victorian Period - the fashions, the attitudes, the prejudices - is absolutely perfect and it shows in the books.

This is one of a series of books about a Victorian dectective (William Monk) with complete identity amnesia. He has had a terrible accident and he no longer knows his name, his job or his relatives/acquaintan
Jan 09, 2011 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: alisonwonderland
This book was given to me by a friend (Sue) upon the recommendation of another friend (Alison). I have some stress over this book, now, because I enjoyed this murder mystery by Anne Perry so much, I will have to find time to read all of the other books in the William Monk Mystery Series. Set in Victorian Great Britain, Anne Perry does an excellent job of bringing us into another era and place and engaging us with intriguing characters. The plot twists and turns. At times a bit over-the-top in de ...more
This is #5 in the Inspector Monk series, and the most impressive I’ve read yet. The plot is very complex and the storyline is tight throughout. The Perry hallmarks are here: murder, most foul, coupled with a fascinating comparison of the interaction between the upper class and the lower class in Victorian times.

Hester takes a position as a traveling companion/nurse for an old lady from Edinburgh who wants to take the train down to London to talk to her daughter, who is about to give birth and ha
This was nicely dramatic. Hester is accused of murdering a patient, and Monk and Rathbone desperately try to find evidence that will clear her. Much of the action takes place in Edinburgh.

The author is still quite repetitious, although I'm trying to be forgiving since I'm reading these books close together, which amplifies the problem.

The murder mystery itself was interesting, but I think the author got a little carried away with the finale: there are multiple dramatic revelations, any one of wh
Mary Corbal
De lo mejorcito que ha escrito esta autora. La trama te mantiene en vilo y el final es sorprendente. Muy recomendable.
This book in the William Monk series was interesting to me because Hester is accused of the murder of her charge, and the setting is Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities. However, the book gets mired down at the end with an overly complicated plot and outrageous family secrets. One family secret would have been fine, but Perry hit overkill in this book.
Sierra Abrams
There are only a few books in the world worthy of me staying up till 3 AM to finish. This book was one if them.
IM FREAKING OUT OK?! That was perfect. PERFECT. Every detail, every moment, was careful and planned and yet totally unexpected!! What even.
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Perry, Anne - 5th in Monk series

Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well-suited for the position: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady with delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when the woman dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder--punishable by execution.

The notorious case presents detective William Monk wit
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Still a good series. This is another Victorian mystery in which the family is probably the likeliest to have killed the victim, but it does take a while and a few rabbit trails to close in on who it is. I found the ending satisfactory, and I am hoping that the relationship between Monk and Hester has turned a corner of sorts - not romance, but at least an end to hostilities.

Apart from the writing, I found this book to be poorly edited. Grammar mistakes, using the wrong name for someone, and not
Rebecca Huston
A very enjoyable entry in the William Monk series. While there was some problems -- I figured out who the murderer was within the first fifty pages -- where this one works is the why someone is so callously disposed of. This time, one of the main characters of the series, Hester Latterly, is accused of murdering a client. The story moves from London to Edinburgh and with all sorts of twists and turns. I give this one five stars despite the flaws. Recommended.

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Pat C.
Really liked it and want to read more books with Monk and Hester. I actually didn't read this book, I listened to it but figure that gets a credit too (haha). Years ago I read one of Anne Perry's books that featured the Pitts (Thomas and ?) which I liked ok but didn't feel a burning need to run out and get all the books in the series. I really like the character of Hester. I assume that eventually she and Monk get married but at this point it's a little hard to figure out how that will happen... ...more
I LOVED this mystery. It is the 5th in the series and I am so enthralled with all the characters. Hester ... How I wish I was Hester.

The one thing I enjoyed most in this book was Hesters courage and heartbreak and fear. I felt it ripple and come crashing in on her. Those are real feelings. People cant be strong all the time and her showing the effects of prison was perfect. I felt for her and felt cold as I was reading it. The descriptions were deft and quick to the heart.

I am not a romance re
Laura Edwards
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A. Roy King
This is the fifth in Anne Perry's "William Monk" historical mystery series. About halfway through, I was thinking this was the best of the series. I still think it's very good, but the stakes decrease after Hester's trial, which ends only about two-thirds of the way through the book. Hester is more-or-less exonerated at that point, which lowers the emotional stakes considerably. At that point, the mystery remains unsolved, and the solution requires quite a bit more story, which feels a little an ...more
Kate Forsyth
All I really need to say about this book is I finished it, went straight to the computer, and ordered more books by Anne Perry. Although I’ve read other books by her in the past, this really is a humdinger – interesting, complex characters, a really puzzling plot, lots of surprises, and a real sense of danger.
In this fifth novel in her series about William Monk, Hester Latterly is hired to accompany Mary Farraline, an elderly woman, on an overnight train trip from Edinburgh to London and then on her return home. In the morning as they arrive, Hester is shocked to find that Mary has died during the night, and even more shocked when she is accused of her murder due to a drug overdose. Monk travels to Scotland to interview members of the very dysfunctional Farraline family, one of whom Monk believes mu ...more
***1/2 is my actual rating, one that I give for great mysteries. Anne Perry has a wonderful way of transporting the reader to Victorian times. When I am dealing with family illness, these are the types of escapist books I choose. I feel guilt at times over not choosing more mind expanding topics; then I cast that aside and read with pure enjoyment! Having characters that the reader knows and can return to again and again is one of the appeals of this author. William Monk, a victim of a hansom ri ...more
The plot leads to plausible offenders, and the characters stand out for their individuality and unique motivations. The resolution, though, does not seem to flow easily from what comes before, even if it's not exactly a deus ex machina. But whereas the Pitts (to mention Perry's other great protagonists) reveal society up and down with their unique keen insights, Monk and Latterly look inward more than outward as they work toward solution, and they indulge in interior monologs or revelations that ...more
Deb Elliott
Definitely not her best, love the characters, but this one had logic holes big enough to drive a beer wagon through. (view spoiler) ...more
Hester Latterly has taken a short job in Scotland which is to accompany Mary Farraline to London to see her daughter. When Mary turns up dead on the train Hester becomes the accused killer and must be tried in Scotland where she knows no one. Her friends rally round her to help, William Monk to look for the real killer and Oliver Rathbone to support the Scot lawyer she is required to use.

While the Farraline family seems upset at Mary's death they also seem to hold many secrets and Monk is determ
Engrossing read because of the character development and the author's real skill at painting word pictures. The mystery itself became too convoluted by the end. There was no need for quite so many unrelated family secrets. However, the courtroom scenes are, as usual in this series, extremely interesting reading. But Monk the private detective, and Hester, the war nurse now on trial for her life, became even more of an enjoyable team by the end. The tension between them is acute, but I hope in th ...more
My Inner Shelf
Petit marathon tranquille en compagnie de William Monk et ses acolytes. Comme on ne change pas une équipe qui gagne, je poursuis donc ma plongée en apnée dans l’Angleterre victorienne de Florence Nightingale. Dans ce volume le lecteur est transporté à Édimbourg (joie bonheur et volupté !), où Hester Latterly est accusée de vol et d’empoisonnement sur la personne d’une vieille dame dont elle avait la charge. Monk et Rathbone se mettent en quatre pour l’innocenter et démasquer le coupable. Comme d ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
When Hester Latterly is offered a job to accompany an elderly lady on a railway journey from Scotland to London it seems like a pleasant journey and an opportunity to see a part of the country she has not been in before. Her only real duty is to administer her patient's heart medicine. When her patient turns up dead of a double dose of the medicine, Hester is arrested and charged with her murder.

She turns to Oliver Rathbone to defend her and William Monk to find out who actually murdered the wom
I'm on a bit of a tear with these. There are some striking similarities--deeply corrupted families upper-class families lie at the heart of most of the mysteries. Indeed, in this particular one there is enough corruption for at least two mysteries. I think her character development--over the course of the series--is good and that is what sustains me. The historical detail is also strong. This is post-Crimea Britain and the options for young women (of any class, really, but Hester is a gentlewoma ...more
Another good book by Anne Perry featuring William Monk, although Hester Latterly is center-stage through a large portion of the story. I enjoyed the mystery and usually can work out at least some of the puzzles. However, I do find the portions of the narrative when Monk, Hester, and Oliver Rathbone muse about their feelings for each other to be clunky and repetitive. It seems there should be a better way to weave those thoughts and feelings into the flow of the story.
Hester's supposedly simple job, to accompany an older lady from Edinburgh to London and administer medicine when required, turns into a nightmare. Monk and Rathbone have to work together and give their all to save her, and Hester can no longer deny there's a tendril of hope for more, even if Monk may regard her as a friend.

As expected, Perry brings her settings into vivid focus: the physical and emotional hardships of the Crimea and Newgate, and the sights and sounds of both England and Scotland
I saw several important pieces along the way, but still was shocked by the ending and how it all came together. Hester takes a job transporting an older woman to London from Edinburgh mainly as a companion and to make sure she takes her medicine. The woman dies on the journey. Hester is quite upset as she liked her patient quite a lot, but becomes more so when she finds an expensive brooch belonging to her in her own baggage. Soon Hester is charged with theft and murder. Monk and Rathbone of cou ...more
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry", the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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